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Wednesday 29 February 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

On a Marathon to Save the World

We are on a marathon the save the world because our spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, ordered us to deliver the entire the world. Whether this is possible or impossible is not an issue for us because by the grace of God even that which is impossible can easily become possible. Our duty is simply to always remember, worship, and try to successfully execute this and the other orders which we have received from our spiritual master. This is our perfection. Whether the world is saved or not, at least we will be saved. And those who follow us will also be saved. They will be delivered back to the transcendental kingdom of God where they will live an eternal existence, full of knowledge, and full of bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Explaining the Perfection of Relationships

KOOP Radio--Austin, Texas USA--27 February 2012



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Count While Chanting?

Maharaja, I've always been a traveling chanter and many questions are asked to me by my co-passengers. The one asked yesterday was a little tricky. The question was, "Why chant God's name by counting it, like 1 round, 2 rounds and up to 16 rounds?" According to him, japa should be a natural process and calling out God's names should not be not be restricted to numbers. Please guide me.

Your humble servant,

Sini

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Answer: So That You Will Chant Sufficiently

Here's how to answer such questions:

Krishna orders us in the Bhagavad-gita that we should constantly chant His names. But instead of obeying this order, we are twenty-four hours a day engaged in material sense gratification. Because in our present state of material consciousness we are not able to naturally chant 24 hours daily, we therefore require a daily numerical quota of at least 16 rounds so gradually that we will become sufficiently purified to attain the stage where we can naturally chant the names of the Lord constantly. The numerical strength requirement does not in any way restrict or limit the potency of the Lord's holy names. Indeed the opposite is true. By accepting the principle of chanting the Lord's names with numerical strength, as taught the Six Goswamis of Vrindavan, the names gain so much potency that by chanting them one becomes qualified to regain his original identity in the amazing transcendental pastimes of the Supreme Personality of Godhead in that wondrous spiritual sky where every living being is constantly engaged in serving the Supreme Lord 24 hours a day.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 28 February 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Atheism is the Playground of Fools.

Atheism is not scientific. Since there is no time in history that something came out of nothing, there has to be an original substance from which everything has come. The atheistic contention of a sourceless existence is a preposterous absurdity. We challenge the atheists to support their theory by performing a laboratory experiment in which something is produced out of nothing. They will never be able to do this. Therefore the atheistic theory that the universe came out of absolutely nothing cannot be proved either scientifically or logically. There is not one shred of evidence anywhere to support it. Therefore atheism is the playground of fools.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada, the Great Defeater of Atheism



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Long to Inquire from Sri Guru?

My Dear Srila Gurudeva,
Dandavats Pranam.

In verse number 4:34 of the Bhagavad-gita, two things come; inquiring submissively and rendering service. I understand that rendering service goes on for eternity, but i want to ask about inquiring. Till when one should inquire?

Your loving menial servant,

Pranoy

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Answer: Forever

You always remain the student of your Guru Maharaja. Therefore you should continue serving him and inquiring from him for all of eternity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 27 February 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

How to Become the World's Wealthiest Person

The greatest wealth of all is to be connected with God, the reservoir of all opulences. When we speak of God we are referring to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna. All you have to do to be connected with Him is to open your heart completely to Him and totally surrender yourself unto Him. If you will do so, He will immediately bestow His causeless mercy upon you and accept you as His dearmost devotee. When you give yourself fully to Him He will give Himself fully to you. There is no greater opulence than this! You will be the wealthiest person in the entire world, even if you are materially poor.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Srila Prabhupada, Possessor of the Greatest Wealth
at Radha Damodar Temple--Vrindavan Dhama, India


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Accepting and Rejecting Sri Guru

Dear Gurudeva,

How does one choose/judge the correct guru who can guide him properly on the pathway of Krishna consciousness?

Also, when can we know that our guru is acting wrongly, like Maharaja Bali who rejected his guru Sukracharya when he was told not to surrender to Krishna in His form as Lord Vamanadeva?

Was Maharaja Bali wrong for acting against the wishes of his Gurudeva, or was he right for acting in the favor of Krishna?

Please forgive me if my question appears to be offending.

Vivek

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Answer: Accept Real Guru and Reject Bogus Guru

There is never any offense in submissive inquiry. Your questions are most important:

1. How to choose the spiritual master who can guide you properly on the pathway of Krishna consciousness.

2. How to know when a guru is acting wrongly?

3. Was Bali Maharaja wrong to reject his guru and serve Krishna instead?

The answer to your first question is that you should thoroughly study all of Srila Prabhupada's books and then see who is purely representing Srila Prabhupada's teachings without any adulteration, both in words and actions. This person is the bona fide spiritual master at whose lotus feet you should fully surrender yourself.

If a spiritual master ever advises you not to surrender to Krishna, he is not a bona fide spiritual master. He is a charlatan who should be immediately rejected. Bali Maharaja become glorious by rejecting his bogus guru and surrendering to Krishna. The bona fide guru is never rejected, and the bogus guru should be rejected immediately without any hesitation.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Sunday 26 February 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Following in the Footsteps of the Great Acharyas

There is a way out of the dense, deep forest of delusion, in which we are presently so hopelessly lost. That way is to follow the pathway of the great acharyas, the great saintly teachers who give the highest knowledge and set the perfect examples. There is an unbroken succession of such acharyas beginning with Lord Krishna Himself coming down to the present day. If we take advantage of the trail that they have so mercifully blazed, we will easily find our way out of this forest of delusion and enter into the most sublime realm of eternity, knowledge, and bliss.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna, the Original Guru, Reveals the Science of God
to His Dearmost Devotee and Friend, Arjuna


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Was Srila Prabhupada Poisoned?

I note that in the 25 February 2012 "Thought for the Day" you were asked what happened to Srila Prabhupada, and you replied that he died of natural causes at the age of 81. But, is it not the fact that he was actually poisoned by jealous disciples who fed him a poisoned glass of milk?

Jenny

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Answer: Srila Prabhupada Said He Was Not Poisoned

Srila Prabhupada was not poisoned. The "Prabhupada was poisoned" theory is a poison concocted by an envious former ISKCON member who wanted to discredit the leaders of ISKCON. If you had been witnessing the day by day history of Prabhupada's final days as they were unfolding in 1977, you would understand how ridiculous this theory is. The devotees were doing everything they could to save Srila Prabhupada's life. There is no question that anybody was trying to poison Srila Prabhupada. The person who started the false rumor was not even in Vrindavan to witness Srila Prabhupada's final pastimes.

In fact Srila Prabhupada stated on 8 November 1977 just days before his departure that he had NOT been poisoned. So who are we believe: Srila Prabhupada or the envious persons who are trying to poison the ISKCON society created by Srila Prabhupada? I am going to stick with Srila Prabhupada. Others who get excited by conspiracy theories may choose to not accept Srila Prabhupada's statement. That is their free choice.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 25 February 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Come Back to Your Eternal Identity

There is no reason to remain in illusion and anxiety any longer. All you have to do become full of knowledge and full of bliss is to revive your eternal identity as a servant of God. Why wallow for even another minute in the consciousness of "I am this body."? Reject this false concept and enter into the enlightened world of Krishna consciousness right now.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Prabhupada Reveals Supreme Science to Professor Durkheim


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What Happened to Srila Prabhupada?

For the benefit of myself and many other Christians, whom I know look forward to receiving and reading your message each day, can you please tell us what happened to your spiritual leader, Srila Prabhupada?

Thank you for your time.

Andrew

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Answer: Although He Departed, He Remains with Us

Due to natural causes, Srila Prabhupada departed peacefully from this world on 14 November 1977 at the age of 81 in his quarters at ISKCON's Krishna Balarama temple in Vrindavan, India surrounded by loving disciples. He returned the to the transcendental abode of Lord Sri Krishna from which he had come on the order of the Lord to give us his books, which so perfectly described the science of Krishna consciousness. He lives on in the hearts of his dedicated followers and in his books, which are bringing about a spiritual transformation on this planet. Srila Prabhupada lives forever by his divine instructions and his followers live with him.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 24 February 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought: 

Ultimate Adventure Ultimate Compassion 

The ultimate adventure is to revive your original identity, which exists eternally beyond the precincts of time and space. And the ultimate compassion is to distribute transcendental knowledge to the suffering souls of this universe so that they can also revive their eternal identities as servants of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Everyone is a compassionate adventurer at heart. So it's time now for everyone to give us their miserly misery and revive their loving, blissful natures. 

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Teaches Ultimate Compassion


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is the Need of the Human Society? 

Respected Sir, 

Hare Krishna. 

It is asked by Srila Prabhupada in his preface to the Srimad Bhagavatam: 

"We must know the present need of human society. And what is that need?" 

What according to you is the best answer for this question. 

Regards, 

Parag R. 

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Answer: To Become One in Peace, Friendship, and  Prosperity. 

If you had read a few lines later in the preface, you would have found Srila Prabhupada's perfect answer to this all-important question: 

"There is need of a clue as to how humanity can become one in peace, friendship and prosperity with a common cause. Srimad-Bhagavatam will fill this need, for it is a cultural presentation for the respiritualization of the entire human society." 

I am always happy to answer the questions of my beloved students and disciples. But I am also requesting that they first carefully read what Srila Prabhupada is saying in regards to their question.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 23 February 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Ride the Tidal Wave of Bhakti

Why drown in the ocean of birth and death when you can ride Lord Caitanya's tidal way of transcendental bliss and attain the supreme destination of going back to home, back to Godhead. If you want to catch Lord Caitanya's wave of transcendental mercy, all you have to do is chant the Hare Krishna mantra and give up sinful activities, such as illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling. Then by His grace you will enter a sublime transcendental existence beyond the miseries of this material existence.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari





Lord Caitanya's Tidal Wave of Transcendental Bliss




Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Should I Renounce My Material Duties?

Prabhu, kindly accept my humble obeisances.

Whenever I visit the ISKCON temple, I strongly feel that the temple is the right place for me to continue towards my ultimate goal of avoiding the rebirth again. Here I have two doubts:

1) Since God is the ultimate protector of this universe, I may be protecting my family out of pride simply for name sake. So shall I continue executing my family duties without being disturbed?

2) Is continuing in bhakti yoga on permanent basis going to take me away from materialistic obligations due to fear of them?

Prabhu kindly provide me the safe journey to reach the ultimate destination. I am fed up in convincing the people who are dependant on me to awaken their dormant Krishna consciousness.

Your servant,

S.

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Answer: No. Offer Them to Krishna.

In Vedic culture it is the duty of the husband and father to give material and spiritual protection to his wife and children. He understands that his household is the property of Krishna and executes his householder duties in the consciousness that he is working to maintain Krishna's household, not his own. Seeing his home as Krishna's property he creates a Krishna conscious atmosphere in his place of residence where the regular chanting of Krishna's names is going on and the family members only eat Krishna prasadam. In this way even while executing his material obligations he is engaged in full time devotional service, just as Arjuna was engaged in full time devotion even while fulfilling his material obligations.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Wednesday 22 February 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Striking the Match of Krishna Consciousness

Fire is present in a dormant state within a match. When we strike the match on a proper striking surface, the fire then become manifested. In a similar way every living being has pure love for Krishna present within his heart. For him the proper striking surface is the association of Krishna's pure devotees. If he takes proper advantage of such association by submissive hearing, inquiry, and service, the dormant love of God within his heart will become fully awakened.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Srila Prabhupada Ignites Our Fire of Bhakti


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Correlation of Chanting with Cleanliness

Hare Krishna, Guru Maharaja,
Please accept my humble obeisances.

How is chanting correlated with external and internal cleanliness?

Your servant,

Vikram Mutha

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Answer: Chant Hare Krishna for Internal Cleanliness

By bathing we become clean externally, and by chanting Hare Krishna we become clean internally.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 21 February 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Krishna Consciousness Means to Be Yourself

Sickness is an unnatural state of the body, while good health is the body's natural state. In a similar way, to be Krishna conscious is the natural healthy state of our consciousness, while not being Krishna conscious is an abnormal, unnatural, artificial state of unconsciousness. So what this means is that being Krishna conscious simply means to be yourself, to not be what you are not.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Srila Prabhupada Shows Us How to Be Ourselves
By Cooking for Krishna



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Clear Philosophical Perspective

My humble obeisances to your grace, dear Gurudeva,

All glories to Srila Prabhupada,

In the 20 February 2012 "Thought for the Day" your grace has mentioned that it is very important to always maintain a clear philosophical perspective while we are engaged in the practice of Krishna consciousness. What is meant by maintaining a clear philosophical perspective ? What is that perspective? Kindly enlighten me on this.

Your humble servant,
Krishna Kumar
Mumbai, India

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Answer: Remember Who is God and Who are You

Clear philosophical perspective means that you must always know and remember that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the source of all existence and that you are His eternal servant. Just as the hand is naturally meant to serve the complete whole body, in a similar way, you being the part and parcel of Krishna are naturally meant to serve Him.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 20 February 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Re-Examine Your Faith

To be strong and vibrant in spiritual life we need to regularly re-examine and re-affirm why we are giving our lives to Krishna. If we practice Krishna consciousness blindly simply out of habit, social pressure or sentiment, we can give it up at any time. Therefore we must regularly scrutinize why we are engaged in Krishna's service. In this connection Srila Prabhupada states in his purport to Bhagavad-gita 3.3:

"Religion without philosophy is sentiment, or sometimes fanaticism, while philosophy without religion is mental speculation."

So it is very important to always maintain a clear philosophical perspective while we are engaged in the practice of Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Explaining the Basis of Krishna Consciousness

Santiago, Chile--6 January 2012


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Serving Spiritual Master from a Distance

Dear Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

In the purport of Bhagavad-gita 9.14 Srila Prabhupada explains that anyone can live anywhere in the world and be expertly guided by a spiritual master in full Krishna consciousness. How can I live so far away from you, be guided by you, and still render service unto you?

Your devoted and humble servant,

Deodat

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Answer: Physical and Vibrational Presence

The spiritual master does not have to be physically present to guide his disciples. There are two ways that we associate with our spiritual master. One is by vapu or physical association. And the other is vani, vibrational presence, associating with the spiritual master in the form of his instructions. Of the two vani is more important, because vani is always present for the dedicated disciple, while vapu is sometimes present and sometimes not present. The intelligent disciple takes advantage of vapu association by getting it as much as possible, while simultaneously taking even more advantage of his spiritual master's vani association by of constantly meditating upon and carrying out his instructions. Those instructions are given by the spiritual master both in his spoken and written words.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 19 February 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Simple for the Simple, Hard for the Crooked

We face many problems in life of all sizes, shapes, and colors. Due to the disrupting influence of modes of passion and ignorance we try to solve these problems in so many varieties of unnecessarily complicated ways. Our so-called solutions do not solve the problems at all. Rather they only increase the problems. Those who are intelligent always look for the simplest possible solution for the problems of life. That simple solution is to understand that all of our problems stem from our rebelliousness against God. If we will simply give up our nonsense so-called independence and surrender fully to the will of the Lord, all of our problems will immediately be solved. But as Srila Prabhupada so aptly pointed out in Boston in 1969 regarding this process of surrendering to the Lord:

"It is simple for the simple, but very hard for the crooked. "

So, we have to stop being crooked and become the simple, humble servants of the Lord. This will end all of our suffering for all of eternity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Mahavishnu Emanates Unlimited Universes



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why are There So Many Universes?

I was watching a lecture video by Tamal Krishna Goswami in which he said that with each exhalation of Mahavishnu there comes out millions of universes. Why are there so many universes, and where did all these residents of these universes come from? Did they fall from the spiritual sky?

Krishna Bala

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Answer: To Facilitate a Multitude of Fallen Souls

Because there are so many unlimited billions and trillions of living entities who have left the spiritual world to try to enjoy independently from the Lord here in this material world, there must be sufficient universes and planets to accommodate them all. Therefore when Mahavishnu exhales He manifests so many millions and billions of universes so that there will be sufficient places of residence for all of the fallen jiva souls. .

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 18 February 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

This Knowledge Illuminates the Entire Universe

The science of Krishna consciousness as presented in the Srimad Bhagavatam and the Bhagavad-gita is as brilliant as the sun. Just as the sun globe illuminates the entire universe, the science of Krishna consciousness illuminates the entire universe delivering all of the illusioned souls by the divine effulgence of transcendental knowledge with the exception of those who close their ears to it.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada's Words Illuminate the Universe



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Chant with a Bead Bag?

Please accept my humble obeisances at your lotus feet.

It is a great privilege for us that because of you we have got such a forum where all our doubts get cleared. I know that my doubt is an insignificant one, but still I am haunted by this question whenever I sit for chanting. My question is: Why do we use a chanting bag? Cannot we chant only on beads without the bag? Is there any compulsion that chanting beads should always be in a chanting bag. I understand that while travelling it becomes easy to be carry the beads when they are in a bag. But when at home is it required?

Forgive mistakes if any,

Your humble servant

Sini

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Answer: Following in Srila Prabhupada's Footsteps

We always see that Krishna's topmost pure devotee, Srila Prabhupada, chanted with a bead bag. So why we should think of doing something different? Srila Prabhupada explained why we keep the beads in a bag in a radio interview he gave on 12 March 1968 in San Francisco:

"So the beads are supposed to be sacred and therefore we keep it in a bag so that it may not touch the dust or any other impurities."

He explained once in a Srimad Bhagavatam class:

"So, this is our process. We have got this bead bag, and within this bag there is bead, and we capture each bead and chant:

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare"

So, the conclusion is that we are meant to follow in the footsteps of our great Founder-Acharya and chant using a bead bag.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 17 February 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Feeling Krishna's Presence in a Daily Meeting

Since Krishna and His name are one and the same, Krishna is personally present when we chant Hare Krishna. In this connection Srila Prabhupada has instructed that while chanting Hare Krishna we should always feel the personal presence of Krishna. This is so beautiful and wonderful to understand that Krishna Himself comes when we sincerely chant His name. Therefore let us execute our japa chanting with the utmost seriousness for having our own daily personal meeting with Krishna or God.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Meets Krishna in Chanting Japa



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How Can Muslims and Christians Adopt Krishna Consciousness?

Hare Krishna, Your Grace,
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

In a lecture I heard Srila Prabhupada say that our purpose is not to compete with other religions, rather that they all adopt Krishna Consciousness. How can people adopt Krishna Consciousness when they are Muslims and Christians?

I hope to see you again some day.

Jagat Pavitram Das
from Lima, Peru

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Answer: By Adding Gita's Principles to Their Practice

Krishna consciousness is not another religion. It is the original pure essence of religion. Therefore, anyone from any religion can apply the principles of Bhagavad-gita to their religion and become perfect in their religion.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 16 February 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

See Everything Through the Eyes of Scripture

As long as we see everything through the eyes of the scriptures the material energy will not be able to affect us. It is only when we ignore scriptural vision and try to understand things through our imperfect senses that we get into trouble. So we have a choice whether to be blind or enlightened. Those who are humble will go with the scriptures and become liberated. Those who are proud will be dragged down by their senses into the lower species of life.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Great Sages See Everything through Scripture

Sukadeva Goswami Enlightens Parikshit Maharaja


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Save a World Which is an Illusion?

You mentioned that the Hare Krishna movement could save the world. But Advaita Vedanta depicts the world as an illusion. Where is the question of saving the world when it is an illusion?

Venugopal

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Answer: The Reflection is Also Real

You have not properly understood the Vedanta. According to Vedanta, this world, although illusory, is not false. It is illusory in the sense that is something other than what it appears to be. It is not the eternal reality. It is but a mere reflection of the eternal reality in the spiritual sky. This does not mean that it does not exist. An object is real, and it's reflection is also real. When a man shaves his face he uses the reflection in the mirror to do so. So his face is real, and the reflection is also real. If it were not real, how could he successfully shave his face by looking at it?

If one takes the reflection to be the original object, he is in illusion. But this does not mean that the reflection does not exist. This material world is real, but it is only the reflection of the spiritual world. So when we talk about saving the world, this is real. People are presently suffering like anything because they are taking the temporary reflection of reality to be the eternal reality. We want to save them from their suffering by revealing to them the means of regaining their original identities in the eternal original reality. People are suffering because they are in illusion. We must dispel this illusion with transcendental knowledge. You can't say that this world does not exist. If it is false, then you are also false, and you cannot ask me this question. That you are inquiring from me proves that you are real and this world is real.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 15 February 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Bringing True Happiness to a Miserable World

There is no need for so much chaos and misery in the world as we see today. Lord Caitanya has descended 500 years ago for bestowing the topmost benediction upon the suffering humanity. That benediction is the Krishna consciousness movement, also known as the Hare Krishna movement. Anyone who takes this movement seriously will easily be liberated from the cycle of birth and death. And those who propagate it are immediately recognized by the Lord for doing the topmost welfare work for the suffering humanity.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




The Hare Krishna Movement Can Save the World



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Balance Between Material and Spiritual

I was reading the Sri Isopanisad and I came across Verse 11:

vidyāḿ cāvidyāḿ ca yas
tad vedobhayaḿ saha
avidyayā mṛtyuḿ tīrtvā
vidyayāmṛtam aśnute


"Only one who can learn the process of nescience and that of transcendental knowledge
side by side can transcend the influence of repeated birth and death and enjoy the full blessings of immortality."

In the above verse, it is mentioned that one must learn the process of nescience and transcendental knowledge side by side. Does it encourage us to experience fruitive activities and sense gratification, when it says that you have to learn both the processes side by side? Does it mean that to understand transcendental knowledge, you first need to know material knowledge (fruitive activities and sense gratification)?

Please clear my doubt.

Your servant,

Tushar

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Answer: Like Two Rails on a Train Track

This verse means that along with activities for the maintenance of the body, which we are already doing, we must cultivate transcendental knowledge for getting out of the cycle of birth and death. When one has a 107 degree fever, becoming healthy means coming back to 98.6 degrees. It does not mean bringing one's temperature down to zero. Similarly, cultivating transcendental knowledge does not mean that one should totally eliminate activities for the maintenance of the body. Rather he should come to the point of 98.6 degrees where there is proper balance between maintaining the body and gaining liberation from the cycle of birth and death. In other words, for the purpose of spiritual cultivation we require to also have a healthy body. Therefore for this reason we should cultivate material knowledge and engage in material activities to whatever degree is necessary for keeping the body fit, but not for the sake of sense enjoyment. In this way we will free up the maximum amount of time and energy for the cultivation of Krishna consciousness, and there will be perfect balance between matter and spirit just like two rails on a train track.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 14 February 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

The Spiritual Master Enlivens and Enlightens

The spiritual master enlightens and enlivens his disciples. He does not leave them in a forlorn position caught up in the miseries of birth, death, old age, and disease. Instead he takes the time and trouble to answer all their doubts and engage them happily in the Lord's service. Thus he delivers them back to their original liberated identities in the transcendental pastimes of Lord Sri Krishna in His magnificent transcendental abode, Goloka Vrindavan.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Enlightens & Enlivens His Disciples



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How the Loveless Can Serve with Love?

Dear Gurudeva,
Please accept my obeisances

You always says that we should chant with love and serve with love. But we will love God only when we reach the prema stage. Now we don't love God. So how can we do something with love if we don't have love? How to understand that?

Your eternal servant,

Raghavendra Das

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Answer: Try Your Best and Krishna Will Help You

The principle of serving Krishna and chanting His name with love is very important. Krishna instructs us in the Bhagavad-gita that if we offer him a leaf, a flower, fruit, or water with love, He will accept it. It is fact that in the neophyte stage we do not yet possess pure love for Krishna. So how will Krishna accept our offerings, our service, and our chanting? The answer is that in spite of our deficiencies we should try to chant, serve, and make offerings as lovingly as possible. We can beg Krishna's mercy, "My dear Lord, I know that I am not qualified to properly serve You because I have not yet awakened love for You within my heart. Therefore I am begging You that in spite of my disqualification you will my mercifully accept my humble offerings, chanting, and service." Krishna will reciprocate with us very nicely, if we approach Him in this humble way. Even if we have no love for Krishna, we should think, "How would I do this if I did have love for Krishna?", and try to do it in that mood. In this way Krishna will kindly accept our offerings, and we will make steady progress on the pathway back to home, back to Godhead.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 13 February 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Solving the Existential Riddle

We all exist. We all know that we exist by dint of the mere fact that we can ponder our existence. But how and why we exist have remained the greatest of all enigmas throughout the entirety of human history. These unknowns have always baffled even the greatest of our philosophers. The reason they remain riddles is that the how and why of our existence cannot be understood through mere intellectualism. One must transcend the platform of the intelligence to finally awaken or reconnect with the real, existential self. This awakening is accomplished through the yoga system, the process of yoking or reconnecting with the original source of our existence. Of all the yoga systems the easiest and most effective is the bhakti yoga system, the yoga of divine love. This process consists of chanting the holy names of God on a regular daily basis and giving up sinful activities such as illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling. Through this bhakti yoga process one quickly and easily realizes how he exists and why he exists.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Reveals the Mysteries of Existence



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What Kind of Person Are You?

Dear Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances at your lotus divine feet

Gurudeva, I told one of my friends yesterday that it is most important to have a spiritual master and to serve him with the same respect given to Krishna. Then she wanted to know what kind of person the spiritual master is. Gurudeva, though I have never met you in person, in my heart you are the most merciful person in my life. Can you please tell me what kind of person you are? What kind of person is the guru? Gurudeva, please forgive me if my question is impolite and offensive.

Hare Krishna

Your humble servant

Deodat

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Answer: Insignificant Servant of My Guru Maharaja

I make no claims to being a great person or a great transcendentalist. I am nothing but the insignificant servant of my eternal spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. By his mercy I have been saved from the life of a materialist and fully engaged in the loving service of Lord Sri Krishna.

I accepted initiation from Srila Prabhupada in 1971 and have faithfully served his orders without interruption since that time. By his grace since 1971 I have been 100% free from the sinful pillars of illicit sex life, intoxication, meat eating, and gambling. Also since that time I have regularly chanted at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra every day without deviation on the japa mala beads personally given to me by Srila Prabhupada. This is 1,728 repetitions of the Hare Krishna mahamantra every day.

Srila Prabhupada ordered us, his disciples, "Become guru and deliver the entire world." Even though I feel myself most incompetent and inadequate in this regard, as a matter duty and also because of feeling so sad to see so many millions and billions of people suffering in the cycle of birth and death, I am trying to do my little bit for the deliverance of the suffering souls of this planet. I am taking Srila Prabhupada's foot dust upon my head and begging for his mercy that I may be successful in my humble attempt to serve his order.

My headquarters is at Bhaktivedanta Ashram, an ISKCON center in Austin, Texas. This is where I stay when I am not out travelling. I travel all over the world seven months out of the year with my devoted devotee wife, Her Grace Srimati Vishnupriya devi dasi, with whom I have been happily married for almost 30 years. We travel for encouraging and guiding my disciples. who are situated in many different countries throughout all six of the inhabited continents of this planet.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Sunday 12 February 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Your Only Enemy is Your Mind

Your only enemy is your mind, no one else and nothing else. As long as your mind is uncontrolled it will drag you through the cycle of birth, death, old age, and disease millions and billions of times ad infinitum. But if you will intelligently bring your mind under control by fixing it on the Supreme Personality of Godhead by regularly chanting His names, it will become your best friend and you will transcend this entire material existence regaining your original identity as a transcendental associate of the Supreme Personality of Godhead in His marvelous, divine, eternal pastimes in the wondrous spiritual sky.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Regain Your Position in Krishna's Amazing Pastimes



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why Are Beads Necessary for Chanting?

Hare Krishna

All glories to Srila Prabhupada

Gurudeva, please accept my humble respect.

Why are beads necessary for chanting the Holy Name? If we chant His Holy Name without the beads, will it be less effective? Will it also be good if we continuously chant in our mind at any place and at any time?

With kind regards
Richa

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Answer: Neophytes Require Regulated Chanting

Only a highly advanced self-realized devotee can continuously chant the holy names of God within his mind in all times and places. To reach that stage disciplined, regulated chanting is required. Therefore the great acharyas have instructed us to regularly chant the Lord's holy names on japa beads. If we want to awaken the dormant love of God within our hearts, we must follow the pathway chalked out by the great acharyas. In this regard Lord Caitanya has taught us:

mahājano yena gataḥ sa panthāḥ

"One must follow the pathway chalked out by the great acharyas."

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 11 February 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Appearance Day of Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati

Today is the most auspicious day. It was on this day 138 years ago that Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur appeared in this world. Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur is gaura-sakti. Gaura-sakti means that he is empowered with world-delivering potency by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who wanted His mission to be broadcast all over the world. Lord Caitanya stated:

pṛthivīte āche yata nagarādi-grāma
sarvatra pracāra haibe mora nāma

"In as many towns and village as there are all over the world
the Krishna consciousness movement will be spread."

This prediction was made by Caitanya Mahaprabhu personally five hundred years ago. And it was Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati who had the vision and potency to make it happen. He established the Krishna consciousness movement widely throughout India and fully empowered his topmost disciple, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, to solidly establish the Krishna consciousness in every corner of the world. We are therefore eternally indebted to His Divine Grace Bhaktisiddhanta for giving us our savior, Srila Prabhupada.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur:

The Great Pioneer of Inundating
the Whole World with Pure Krishna
Bhakti


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Show to Gratitude to Krishna?

All Glories to Srila Prabhupada!!!!
Gurudeva, please accept my humble respects,

You mentioned that we need to be grateful with Krishna for all the blessings He kindly give us. How can we show that gratitude to Him? By chanting His Holy names in a daily basis and Thinking or saying in our prayers "Thanks Krishna for all the blessings You give every day?

I can imagine several ways to be grateful, but I humbly ask you to illuminate me with your wisdom.

Thank you for your blessings,

Hare Krishna!!

J. Raul Cardenas

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Answer: Follow His Instructions

The way to show Krishna our gratitude is very simple. All we have to do is follow the instructions that He gives us in the Bhagavad-gita.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 10 February 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Blissfully Reconnecting with the Divine

Why live in the shadow of reality where life is fleeting, full of nescience and distress, when by the simple process of reconnecting with the divine you can celebrate an immortal life full of wisdom and divine ecstasy? This is the most practical, down-to-earth thing you can do with your life, especially when you take into account its utter simplicity. Why not take advantage of this sublime and easy process? All you have to do is chant the holy names of God with love, devotion, and attention. You will immediately feel how you are being wonderfully transformed.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Devotees Reconnecting with the Divine by Chanting

Vrindavan, India--5 February 2012


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why the Material World is Needed?

Dear Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances at your lotus feet

In the purport of Bhagavad-gita 7.4, it is stated, "Generally one who does not know the science of God (Krishna) assumes that this material world is for the enjoyment of the living entities." Thus, the material was not created for self enjoyment though it appears that way. Gurudeva, please help me to understand how the creation of worlds in which souls suffer under delusion life after life is a good use of Krishna's material energies.

Your humble servant,

Deodat

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Answer: A Home for the Criminals

For sake of maintaining peacefulness in society the government considers the expense of maintaining a prison to be necessary. Similarly the material world is required as a place of residence for those who do not wish to serve the Lord. If they were to remain in the spiritual world, they would simply cause disturbance, just as criminals who are not in prison cause great disturbance in the human society.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Thursday 9 February 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Be Real Followers, Not Figurehead Followers

If we claim to be followers of Krishna and His topmost pure devotee, Srila Prabhupada, we must take the time and trouble to carefully study the knowledge they are giving us in order to see what it actually means to follow them. Simply claiming to be their followers is not sufficient. Figurehead following will not save us at the time of death. Only genuine following will enable us to enter the spiritual world upon leaving our present bodies.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada, the Greatest Spiritual Master,

Reveals the Ultimate Science, Krishna Consciousness


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why So Many Religions?

Why did Krishna create so many religions like Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, etc. when He knew that it will create problem among His children? Why not only one God and one religion for the entire world?.

Moli

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Answer: Man's Foolishness

There is only God and one religion for all, pure love of God. This is what Krishna or God has so kindly given us. But foolish men have concocted so many different religions for the sake of exploiting others. So instead of fighting and killing each other in the name of so many so-called religions, let us all unite as one loving spiritual family by coming to the platform of pure love of God where there is no exploitation of any living being, including the unborn babies, the cows, and the other animals..

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 8 February 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Don't Be an Ungrateful Fool

Don't be a stupid fool who refuses to acknowledge that person who is providing all of our necessities. The key to being happy is to always have an attitude of gratitude towards the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Without being thankful to Him one can never be happy because the guaranteed result of miserliness is misery.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Teaching the Science of Thankfulness

Austin, Texas 5 February 2012


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Why So Much Chaos in the World?

Respected Sir,

Why are there atheists? Why did the holocaust happen? Why did the world wars happen? Why do so many, many unwanted incidents happen?

Priya

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Answer: Because We are Forgetting Krishna

Because we are forgetting Krishna, there is so much chaos in the world. If people would simply stop being so ungrateful and would instead show Krishna a little bit of gratitude for the unlimited bountiful gifts He bestows upon us, immediate peace and prosperity would be the result all over the world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tuesday 7 February 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Always Remain Humble

If you want to advance steadily on the pathway back to home, back to Godhead, the key is to always remain humble. In other words, you should always remember that you don't know everything, that you still have a lot to learn. In short, to be humble means that you are always teachable, that you are always open to being corrected and directed by someone who knows something that you do not know.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Teaches Us Perfect Humility



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Devotee Remembers Previous Lives?

When a devotee achieves liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth, does he then regain the memories of all of his previous lives?

George

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Answer: Why Remember a Nightmare?

Just as when awakening from a nightmare one is not interested to remember his nightmare, when a devotee becomes liberated from the cycle of birth and death and goes back to home, back to Godhead he is not interested in remembering the countless hellish births and deaths he suffered while in the material world.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Monday 6 February 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Anxiety Antidote: Count Your Blessings

In this material world we are sometimes overwhelmed by reverse situations, which very much upset our mental equilibrium. When this happens the antidote is to immediately count your blessings. Instead of lamenting your misfortune, thoughtfully analyze and celebrate your good fortune. There will always be loss and gain in this material world. You can't do anything about that. But you can change your attitude and liberate yourself from a lifetime of anxiety. So instead of butting your head against the wall trying to alter the unalterable, open your eyes and see how Krishna is always blessing you in spite of the constant ups and downs of the material nature.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Teaches Us

How to Always Be Free From Anxiety


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is Ritvik Philosophy?

What is ritvik philosophy? Who practices it?

Your unworthy servant,

Padma Charana Das

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Answer: An Envious Denial of Disciplic Succession

Ritvik philosophy is being currently propounded by envious persons who do not want to accept the leadership system set up by Srila Prabhupada for managing the Krishna consciousness movement. They use it as an excuse not to co-operate with the leaders of ISKCON.

Ritvik philosophy is the incorrect idea that Srila Prabhupada wanted the disciplic succession to end with him, that after him there would be no more initiating spiritual masters. This is clearly not the case because Srila Prabhupada told us that after his departure the new devotees who join his movement would become the disciples of his disciples.

In this regard Srila Prabhupada stated in an arrival lecture in Los Angeles on 18 May 1972:

"So we have got this message from Krishna, from Caitanya Mahaprabhu, from the six Goswamis, later on, Bhaktivinode Thakur, Bhaktisiddhanta Thakur. And we are trying our bit also to distribute this knowledge. Now, tenth, eleventh, twelfth. My Guru Maharaja is tenth from Caitanya Mahaprabhu, I am eleventh, you are the twelfth. So distribute this knowledge. People are suffering."

It is very clear from this statement of Srila Prabhupada that he considered his dedicated disciples to be the next link in the disciplic succession, not the ridiculous ritvik idea that the disciple succession ended with him.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari 

Sunday 5 February 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

The Appearance Day of Lord Nityananda

Today is the appearance day of Lord Nityananda. Here is a wonderful song by Narottam das Thakur in which he describes the shade of the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda as being so nice and cooling that all materialists, who are always in the blazing fire of material activities, may come under the shade of His lotus feet and be fully relieved and satiated:

nitāi-pada-kamala, koṭi-candra-suśītala,
je chāyāy jagata jurāy
heno nitāi bine bhāi, rādhā-kṛṣṇa pāite nāi,
dṛḍha kori' dharo nitāir pāy
se sambandha nāhi jā'r, bṛthā janma gelo tā'r,
sei paśu boro durācār
nitāi nā bolilo mukhe, majilo saṁsāra-sukhe,
vidyā-kule ki koribe tār
ahaṅkāre matta hoiyā, nitāi-pada pāsariyā,
asatyere satya kori māni
nitāiyer koruṇā habe, braje rādhā-kṛṣṇa pābe,
dharo nitāi-caraṇa du'khāni
nitāiyer caraṇa satya, tāṅhāra sevaka nitya,
nitāi-pada sadā koro āśā
narotamma boro dukhī, nitāi more koro sukhī,
rākho rāṅgā-caraṇera pāśa
Nitāi-pada-kamala, koṭi-candra-suśītala, je chāyāy jagata jurāy.

Srila Prabhupada spoke as follows on this song in 1969:

This is a song by Narottam Das Thakur, a great acharya of the Gaudiya-vaiṣṇava-sampradaya. He has written many songs about the Vaisnava philosophy, and they are approved as completely corresponding with Vedic instructions. So here Narottam Das Thakur is singing that "The whole world is suffering under the blazing fire of material existence. Therefore, if one takes the shelter of the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda...," whose birthday is today, 31st, January, 1969. So we should relish this instruction of Narottam Das Thakur that in order to get relief from the pangs of blazing fire of this material existence, one should take shelter of the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda because it is as cooling as the moon rays combined together of millions of moons. That means one will immediately find peaceful atmosphere. Just like a man works whole day and if he comes under the moonshine he feels relief.

Similarly, any materialistic man who comes under the shelter of Lord Nityananda will immediately feel that relief. Then he says,
nitāi-pada-kamala, koṭi-candra-suśītala,
je chāyāy jagata jurāy,
heno nitāi bine bhai, rādhā-kṛṣṇa pāite nāi,
dharo nitāi-caraṇa du'khani

He says that "If you are anxious to go back to home, back to Godhead, and become associate with Radha and Krishna, then the best policy is to take shelter of Nityananda." Then he says, se sambandha nāhi jā'r, bṛthā janma gelo tā'r: "One who has not been able to contact Nityananda, then one should think of himself that he has simply spoiled his valuable life." Bṛthā janma gelo, bṛthā means for nothing, and janma means life. Gelo tā'r, spoiled. Because he has not made connection with Nityananda. The Nityananda, very name, suggests. Nitya means eternal. Ānanda means pleasure. Material pleasure is not eternal. That is the distinction. Therefore those who are intelligent, they are not interested with this flickering pleasure of material world. Every one of us, as living entity, we are searching after pleasure. But the pleasure which we are seeking, that is flickering, temporary. That is not pleasure. Real pleasure is nityananda, eternal pleasure. So anyone who has no contact with Nityananda, it is to be understood that his life is spoiled.

se sambandha nāhi jā'r, bṛthā janma gelo tā'r,
sei paśu boro durācār

Narottam Das Thakur uses here very harsh word. He says that such human being is an animal, an uncontrollable animal. As there are some animals that cannot be tamed, so anyone who has not contacted Nityananda, he should be considered as an untamed animal. Sei paśu boro durācār. Why? Because nitāi nā bolilo mukhe: "He never uttered the holy name of Nityananda." And majilo saṁsāra-sukhe, "and become merged into this material happiness." Vidyā-kule ki koribe tār. "That nonsense does not know that what will his education and family and tradition and nationality will help him?" These things cannot help him. These are all temporary things. Simply, if we want eternal pleasure, we must contact Nityananda. Vidyā-kule ki koribe tār. Vidyā means education, and kula means family, nationality. So we may have a very nice family connection or we may have very nice national prestige, but after ending this body, these things will not help me. I'll carry my work with me, and according to that work, I shall have to accept by force another type of body. It may be something other than human body. So these things cannot protect us or give us the real pleasure. So Narottama Das Thakur advises that vidyā-kule ki koribe tār.

Then he says, ahaṅkāre matta hoiyā. "Being maddened after false prestige and identification.." False identification with the body and prestige of bodily relationship, it is called ahaṅkāre matta hoiyā. One is mad after this false prestige. Ahaṅkāre matta hoiyā, nitāi-pada pāsariyā. Due to this false prestige we are thinking, "Oh, what is Nityānanda? What can He do for me? I don't care." So these are the signs of false prestige. Ahaṅkāre matta hoiyā, nitāi-pada pāsa..., asatyere satya kori māni. The result is that I am accepting something which is false. For example, I am accepting this body. This body, I am not this body. Therefore, with false identification I am becoming entangled more and more. So one who is puffed up with this false prestige, ahaṅkāre matta hoiyā, nitāi-pada pā..., asatyere satya kori māni, he accepts something wrong as right. Then he says, nitāiyer koruṇā habe, braje rādhā-kṛṣṇa pābe. If you are actually serious about going back to home, back to Godhead, then please seek after the mercy of Nityananda.

nitāiyer koruṇā habe, braja rādhā-kṛṣṇa pābe,
dharo nitāi-caraṇa du'khāni

"Please catch up the lotus feet of Nityananda." Then he says, nitāiyer caraṇa satya. One may think that as we catch hold of so many shelter, but in this material world later on they prove false, similarly, suppose we catch hold of the lotus feet of Nityananda; it may also prove false. But Narottam Das Thakur assures that nitāiyer caraṇa satya: "It is not false. Because Nityananda is eternal, His lotus feet is also eternal." Tāṅhāra sevaka nitya. And anyone who takes to the service of Nityananda, they also become eternal. Without being eternal, nobody can serve the eternal. That is the Vedic injunction. Without becoming Brahman, one cannot approach the Supreme Brahman. Just like without being fire, nobody can enter into the fire. Without being water, nobody can enter into the water. Similarly, without being fully spiritualized, nobody can enter into the spiritual kingdom. So nitāiyer caraṇa satya. If you catch nitāiyer, the lotus feet of Nityananda, then you become immediately spiritualized. Just like if you touch electricity, immediately you become electrified. That is natural. Similarly, Nityananda is eternal happiness, if you touch Nityananda some way or other, then you become also eternally happy. Tāṅhāra sevaka nitya. Therefore one who has in contact with Nityananda, they have become eternal.

nitāiyer caraṇa satya, tāṅhāra sevaka nitya,
dṛḍha kori' dharo nitāir pāy

So just catch Him very tightly. Narottama boro duḥkhī, nitāi more koro sukhī. At the last Narottam Das Thakur, the composer of this song, he is appealing to Nityananda, "My dear Lord, I am very unhappy. So You please make me happy. And You kindly keep me in corner of Your lotus feet." That is the sum and substance of this song.
--end of quoted lecture--

This lecture was given in Los Angeles on January 31, 1969

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Nityananda's Lotus Feet

Have the Cooling Effect of Millions of Moons


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Chant When in Anxiety?

Hare Krishna, Guru Maharaja,
Please accept my humble obeisances.

How to do attentive chanting when we are surrounded with unlimited anxieties?

Regards,
Vikram M.

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Answer: Be Grateful for the Anxiety

Being surrounded by unlimited anxieties is the best situation in which to chant. This is why Queen Kunti prayed to always be in anxiety. So instead of being bewildered by the anxieties, be grateful that Krishna has revealed to you the true nature of this material world and take complete shelter of the Lord's holy names for total relief.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Saturday 4 February 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Become Powerful by Becoming Humble

In material life it is thought that the more you become proud, the more you become powerful. But actually, just the opposite is true. The reality is that the more you become humble, the more you become powerful. The reason this is true is that a proud person has no control over his senses, while a humble devotee of the Lord has fully conquered over his senses by engaging them 24 hours daily in the service of the Lord. This means that the proud person is not actually strong at all. He is simply burning off the reactions to his previous pious activities. Once these assets are exhausted he will be reduced to a very weak and powerless position. His strength is temporary and will be finished in due course of time. But the strength of the devotee is never destroyed. His strength is his total dependence on Krishna in all times, places, and circumstances. The more he advances in his dependence upon the Lord, the more His strength increases as more and more of the Lord's strength is manifested through him. In this way the devotee becomes stronger and stronger without any limitations of time, place, and circumstance.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Krishna's Most Humble Devotee, Srila Prabhupada,
Is Most Powerful for Krishnizing the Universe



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: How to Feel that Krishna is Alive & Near?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

How to increase the real feeling of Krishna's personality? How to feel that He is alive and near to me? I want that God will not be just a concept for me

Your eternal servant,

Raghavendra Das

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Answer: Faithfully Stick to Path of Krishna Bhakti

The more you serve Krishna, Guru, and Vaisnavas with love, the more you will realize that Krishna is a person who is there with you at every minute guiding you and blessing you. Gradually you will feel that He is always present, and eventually you will see Him and engage directly in loving reciprocation with Him. Although this highly advanced stage of Krishna consciousness is not to be imitated, it is nonetheless factual and will be attained by you in due course of time if you will faithfully stick to this path of Krishna consciousness without deviation.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Friday 3 February 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Awakening to a Splendorous Vision of Reality

There is far more to existence than what meets the eye. At the present moment we are not able to perceive the full beautiful spectrum of reality because we are blinded by an exploitative I-am-the-center-of-the-universe mentality. To see things as they are we must develop a humble mood of service to the Supreme Person, the source of all existence, and to the countless living beings that are His emanated expansions. As soon as we agree to transform our attitude from the taking mood to the giving mood we will awaken to a splendorous vision of reality that progressively penetrates deeper and deeper into its innermost meanings.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Srila Prabhupada Awakens His Disciples
by Revealing the Absolute Truth on a Morning Walk



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: Christ and Krishna

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I'm looking for some clarification after a brief discussion with my Christian friend. He wants to know whether Jesus is the son of Krishna and is Krishna the same God Christians pray to. Furthermore, can one be liberated by praying directly to Jesus or to Krishna? My friend supported this belief by quoting John 14:6, where it states, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

Kuvera

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Answer: Krishna is God, the Father

Yes, Jesus is the son of Krishna and Krishna is the same God that the Christians pray to. We also teach the same principle that no one can approach God directly, that one can only approach God through the medium of the bona fide spiritual master.

Where the Christians are wrong is that they say that Jesus Christ is God's only son. If an ordinary man of this world can have more than one son, why God should be restricted to having only one son? This idea is ridiculous. The fact is that since God is unlimited He can have unlimited sons. In other words, there can be many spiritual masters who can connect their disciples with God. Whether one prays to Jesus or Krishna, he must give up all forms of material sense gratification including illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling and regularly chant the holy names of God on a daily basis. If he does so sincerely, he can awaken the pure love of God within his heart.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


Thursday 2 February 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Philosophical Monsters and Existential Nausea

The entire human society is afflicted with existential nausea. They have not a clue as to why they exist and how they exist. Even though there is a clearly defined, beautiful, ecstatic meaning for their existence, they don't know what it is. Nor do they know how to go about discovering it. This is why they are sitting ducks for such ridiculous philosophical monstrosities as Darwin's theory and many other concoctions brewed in the imperfect brains of word jugglers. If these poor souls will take advantage of the bona fide spiritual master, they will be saved from the darkness of delusion and a new, beautiful, enlightened era will manifest on this planet.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari




Lord Sri Krishna Invites You to Regain Your Original,
Eternal Identity in the Spiritual World



Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is the Devotee's Equanimity?

Dear Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances at your lotus feet

In Bhagavad-gita 5.19, Lord Krishna says that equanimity is one of the characteristics of His devotees. Does this mean that a devotee neither likes nor dislikes anyone? I don't understand how a devotee can posses this quality. How can a devotee neither like nor dislike for example their parents, or children? Gurudeva, please help me to understand how a devotee can neither like nor dislike anyone.

Your servant,

Deodat

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Answer: He Sees All as Krishna's Children

Equanimity means that a devotee is the best friend of everyone seeing all persons as Krishna's children.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Wednesday 1 February 2012

from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA
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Today's Thought:

Don't Be a Fool Who Simply Serves His Senses

Don't make the foolish mistake of wasting your human form of life by dedicating it to the service of your temporary material senses. Why foolishly dedicate your entire life to serving something which is not you? The senses are not the self. They are simply coverings of the self. So come out of these coverings and be who you actually are. Serve your real self, the eternal spiritual being within. Give up your suffering and celebrate your eternal spiritual identity as the eternal servant of Krishna at every minute. Don't be a dead man. Become a fully enlightened being by regularly chanting Krishna's holy names with love.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



Celebrating Our Eternal Relationship with Krishna

Kirtan at Bhaktivedanta Ashram--29 January 2012


Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:

Question: What is Krishna Consciousness?

Dear Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

When people ask what is Krishna consciousness, what should I answer in a simple and clear sentence?

Your servant.

Yamunadevi
Malaysia

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Answer: Know Who You Are and Be Who You Are.

Krishna consciousness means to know who you are and be who are.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

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